Baby #2 nursing terribly!
I haven't even had a chance to write my birth announcement, and I'm writing because of the painful nursing going on with my son. I nursed him round the clock from birth, and everything seemed okay. But we reached that point at day 2 where he was nursing furiously to get my milk to come in, and he started hurting me. I never had a great latch with my daughter, but it wasn't awful after the first few weeks so didn't think much of it. I had the nurse LCs come to help and we got better again. But once we got home and my milk still hadn't come in, he started damaging me terribly, popping on and off a ton of times (while tearing me up). He acts like he has nipple confusion with no other nipples having been introduced! And I can never tell when he's hungry, because he's always frantic and screaming as we try to nurse.
I had an LC come to the house, and she was great. She said my flat nipples and milk not coming in were part of the problem, but we could overcome them. But Baby Boy still fights for 15 minutes before latching on, popping on and off (used to be one side, now on both). He'll latch on, suck twice, then struggle to get a shallow, very painful latch. Then this will happen 20 times before he finally will suck for a good 10 minutes, rarely more than that (every time he falls asleep because he's exhausted).
Not sure anyone has any advice since the LC couldn't really "help," meaning she had to leave me alone at some point! Can I really heal with this constant reopening of wounds? It's so bad, I worry I'll need dental work from grinding my teeth (latching on being the worst, but that can be 20 times at one feeding).
Ugh, why did I think it would be easy the second time around? Silly me!
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.